The Collegian
Saturday, June 03, 2023

Zak Kerr

Jepson professor Thad Williamson teaches by example

While teaching courses such as Justice and Civil Society and Social Movements, Thad Williamson seeks new ways for his students to apply the ethical principles they discuss in class, so he challenges them to engage in the Richmond area and get hands-on experience in the realms of social action and change. But when Williamson, a leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics and law (PPEL) professor, encouraged his students to involve themselves, his students deflected the challenge at him. "He came in with a cut nose and a black eye from an accident while playing on a homeless men's soccer team," said Kacie Lundy, a senior who took both of Williamson's classes mentioned above.

Mold infestation in Ryland Hall could cost school $10,000

One mid-August morning, Mary Claiborne, one of the university custodians, was making her rounds to clean classrooms on the ground floor of Ryland Hall. When she entered Room 203, she spotted little patches of fur around the room and immediately left because she did not want to aggravate her allergies. She called professors with offices in the building who in turn reported the problem to University Facilities, where Andrew McBride, the associate vice president for facilities, was able to confirm that the room had been infested with mold. "During the next weeks, we followed our normal protocol for addressing a mold notification by doing visual assessments, taking moisture readings and testing the air before and after cleaning what we determined was obvious mold," McBride said.

Business school students gain online access to Wall Street Journal

As media organizations continue to shift from paper to online, the importance of instant access to news has become paramount, especially for members of the centennial generation. To keep students updated on the latest happenings in the business world, officials of the Robins School of Business and The Wall Street Journal have reached a deal to provide the online version of the newspaper to students for free, starting this semester. Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the business school, said the three members of the business school's staff who had led the effort to get online access for students were: Student Services Coordinator Laura Thorpe, business manager Pat Macaulay and Corey Janecky, director of operations and technology.

Robins Center renovations expected to improve fan experience

After several weeks of practice on the courts in the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, the men's and women's basketball teams are less than two weeks away from returning to the Robins Center, perhaps as soon as the start of next week. But instead of returning to the familiar videoless scoreboard, original lighting and bulky risers between the court and stands, the players will get the first glimpse at the long-awaited renovations to the Robins Center interior, perhaps even before all of the renovations are complete. One major aspect is the technological upgrade from floor to ceiling.

UR leaves its mark on Richmond Street Art Festival

Along an entire block on Cary Street, University of Richmond art students will cover a wall with original murals. As part of the University of Richmond Arts Initiative, UR Downtown and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) collaborated with local art organizations to garner this mural and exhibition space between Davis Avenue and Robinson Street, which will be the feature attraction of the university's exhibition at the Richmond Street Art Festival this week. "After an invitation from the RVA Street Art Festival, we teamed with the Valentine Richmond History Center to showcase historical images of the Richmond streetcar system to connect the beginning of Richmond's transportation system to the future of the system, the [Greater Richmond Transit Company]," said Alexandra Byrum, the educational programming coordinator of UR Downtown. "Richmond really was the first city to introduce streetcar or trolley lines, Areflect on history and transportation as part of this unique opportunity in city history," she said. Former and current Richmond students, as well as local and national artists, will paint murals for the festival and in recurring periods thereafter, Byrum said. "In the gaps between and around the historical vinyls, Richmond art students will be able to paint murals, starting in October," Byrum said.

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